A new Abbots Langley author has released a debut novel inspired by the Leavesden Asylum.
C.S. Alleyne penned Belle Vue, a paranormal thriller set to be released on August 25, after becoming fascinated with the asylum which she used to pass it regularly.
She explained: “Although I was always jotting down ideas for stories, I never got round to completing anything but then that unexpectedly changed. I used to go past the derelict asylum on my way to the gym. It was then converted into luxury flats and some time later, I found a book in the library about murders in Hertfordshire.
“In it there was a case about a girl in that asylum who was murdered. That story and my connection to the location, captured my attention in a way nothing had done before. So from having years of half-finished stories and yellowing notes, I wrote every spare minute I could get and didn’t stop until Belle Vue was complete.”
Belle Vue’s premise revolves around history student Alex Palmer, who is thrilled when his girlfriend Claire buys an apartment in Belle Vue Manor, formerly a Victorian lunatic asylum.
But as Alex begins to discover the dark truth about the asylum’s past, he, Claire, and their friend Marianne find themselves on a nightmarish journey.
As the two strands—past and present—unfold, Alex uncovers a supernatural mystery where revenge is paramount and innocence irrelevant—without being aware of the price he, and those around him, will pay.